British Values at St Anne’s R.C. Primary School
All children begin the year by deciding on their class charter and the rights associated with this. It is a shared discussion with each child contributing towards their classroom expectations. Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard and we have many young leaders in school. Our school council meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class meetings and they genuinely effect change within school. The council members for each year group are voted in by their class.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout the regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety, PSHE and SRE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
St Anne’s is situated in the midst of an area of diversity and as a school we place great emphasis on celebrating and promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures throughout the year. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school and we hold a ‘Celebrating Diversity’ Carnival where children and families in our school community share music, food, language and traditions from their own cultures.
At St Anne’s we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.